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Dark City (1998)
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Dark City (1998)

John Murdoch awakens alone in a strange hotel to find that he has lost his memory and is wanted for a series of brutal and bizarre murders. While trying to piece together his past, he stumbles upon a fiendish underworld controlled by a group of beings known as The Strangers who possess the ability to put people to sleep and alter the city and its inhabitants. Now Murdoch must find a way to stop them before they take control of his mind and destroy him. (Read More)

Subgenre:
tech noir australian horror australian science fiction australian fantasy cyberpunk dystopia conspiracy suspense black comedy cult film 
Themes:
alien abduction police investigation murder investigation unlikely hero self sacrifice amnesia insanity guilt paranoia supernatural power extramarital affair memory deception investigation escape marriage kidnapping suicide surrealism murder death  (See All)
Mood:
australian supernatural darkness night neo noir 
Locations:
space station outer space taxi driver fire escape laboratory space police station urban setting apartment wheelchair taxi water nightclub bus bathtub hotel swimming pool restaurant beach bar hospital  (See All)
Characters:
uncle nephew relationship evil alien police detective police chase running from police psychiatrist little girl hostage detective alien serial killer prostitute singer doctor husband wife relationship police  (See All)
Period:
future 1940s 
Story:
binocular microscope deep sleep spiral staircase urban gothic key ring floating in space man in a wheelchair implanted memory erased memory false memory male in a bathtub memory loss alien spaceship alien parasite alien possession alien race possessed corpse dream reality knife murderer female singer threatened with a knife foot chase knocking a hole in a wall playing accordian running down stairs hermetic world express train newspaper stand mind over matter waking up someone brain in a vat floating city simulated reality driving licence fish bowl man in black mindbender picture book test tube human guinea pig german expressionism bead curtain stopped time spiral explosive decompression fighting in the air exposed brain introduction split head slideshow burn scar fishbowl lovecraftian stabbed in the forehead virtuality anti conformity psychokinesis applying lipstick newsstand sledge hammer individualism human experimentation dreamer secret passageway individuality stopwatch albino zero gravity falling through the floor el train candelabra subconscious snowglobe hit by a train evil child deja vu fight the system barber shop throat cut midnight glowing eyes force field stairwell mind reading trenchcoat fingerprint waking up subterranean stabbed in the shoulder spa microscope business card hand over mouth pocket watch hanging upside down foreplay goldfish sleep billboard harmonica idealism wallet postcard police inspector ex cop passionate kiss brainwashing levitation close up of eyes lighthouse newspaper clipping nude woman murdered telepathy uncle symbolism dagger telekinesis existentialism alternate reality pier wedding ring soul time lapse photography exploding head frame up aquarium plot twist rowboat crushed to death chaos haunted by the past camera shot of feet crime scene clock mind control produced by director virtual reality jumping from height exploding building hypodermic needle architecture gothic warehouse falling down stairs flying revelation destruction syringe sabotage identity eavesdropping experiment love interest rat exploding body female removes her clothes injection character's point of view camera shot lightning suitcase fugitive character repeating someone else's dialogue electrocution key police officer killed duel on the run cigar smoking double cross drawing anti hero false accusation map subway stabbed in the chest throat slitting impalement old man subjective camera scientist telephone revolver cafe interrogation held at gunpoint rifle showdown falling from height bare butt arrest written by director punched in the face rescue shot in the chest car accident blood splatter corpse dream voice over narration surprise ending chase knife explosion photograph cigarette smoking flashback blood violence fight kiss interview  (See All)

Inception (2010)
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Inception (2010)

Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb's rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible - inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cyberpunk suspense cult film 
Themes:
guilt memory deception escape marriage kidnapping suicide death surrealism murder 
Mood:
night neo noir 
Locations:
taxi driver urban setting taxi water bathtub hotel beach bar 
Characters:
hostage husband wife relationship 
Story:
deep sleep false memory foot chase mind over matter waking up someone simulated reality mindbender spiral virtuality zero gravity subconscious hit by a train deja vu waking up wallet levitation uncle symbolism alternate reality crushed to death chaos haunted by the past produced by director virtual reality jumping from height exploding building hypodermic needle architecture falling down stairs sabotage identity exploding body fugitive character repeating someone else's dialogue electrocution on the run double cross anti hero false accusation stabbed in the chest old man cafe interrogation held at gunpoint falling from height written by director punched in the face rescue shot in the chest car accident blood splatter dream surprise ending chase knife explosion photograph fight blood violence flashback kiss  (See All)

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The Thirteenth Floor (1999)
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The Thirteenth Floor (1999)

Computer scientist Hannon Fuller has discovered something extremely important. He's about to tell the discovery to his colleague, Douglas Hall, but knowing someone is after him, the old man leaves a letter in the computer generated parallel world his company has created (which looks like the 30's with seemingly real people with real emotions). Fuller is murdered in our real world the same night, and his colleague is suspected. Douglas discovers a bloody shirt in his bathroom and he cannot recall what he was doing the night Fuller was murdered. He logs into the system in order to find the letter, but has to confront the unexpected. The truth is harsher than he could ever imagine... (Read More)

Subgenre:
cyberpunk cult film 
Themes:
amnesia paranoia deception investigation escape murder death surrealism 
Mood:
night neo noir 
Locations:
taxi driver police station taxi nightclub hotel swimming pool restaurant beach bar 
Characters:
police detective detective serial killer husband wife relationship police 
Period:
future 
Story:
memory loss female singer threatened with a knife hermetic world simulated reality lovecraftian virtuality deja vu glowing eyes foreplay close up of eyes newspaper clipping existentialism alternate reality soul camera shot of feet crime scene clock virtual reality revelation character's point of view camera shot lightning character repeating someone else's dialogue double cross stabbed in the chest subjective camera scientist telephone revolver held at gunpoint arrest shot in the chest corpse surprise ending knife cigarette smoking fight interview violence flashback  (See All)

Ghost In The Shell (2017)
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Ghost In The Shell (2017)

In the near future, Major Motoko Kusanagi (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible terrorist attack, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people's minds and control them, Major Kusanagi is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major Kusanagi discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others. (Read More)

Subgenre:
tech noir cyberpunk dystopia conspiracy suspense 
Themes:
amnesia paranoia memory deception investigation escape kidnapping suicide surrealism death murder 
Mood:
neo noir 
Locations:
urban setting apartment taxi nightclub bar 
Characters:
hostage 
Period:
future 
Story:
false memory memory loss foot chase exposed brain virtuality individuality fight the system mind reading billboard telepathy existentialism exploding head haunted by the past mind control jumping from height hypodermic needle identity eavesdropping exploding body injection character's point of view camera shot fugitive character repeating someone else's dialogue electrocution on the run cigar smoking anti hero false accusation subjective camera scientist revolver interrogation held at gunpoint showdown arrest punched in the face rescue shot in the chest car accident corpse chase knife explosion cigarette smoking flashback violence fight  (See All)

Fallen (1998) is one of the best movies like Dark City (1998)
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Fallen (1998)

Det. John Hobbes is convinced that when killer Edgar Reese is executed, all of his troubles are over. But when people he knows and people on the street start to sing the same tune that Reese sang in the gas chamber, and those same people taunt him, he is told that maybe the cursed fallen angel Azazel is behind it all. Azazel is cursed to roam the Earth without a form, and he can switch bodies by any contact, making him hard to track. When Hobbes is forced to kill a man possessed by Azazel, he must clear his name while protecting his family and others from the evil, vengeful Azazel. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense black comedy cult film 
Themes:
self sacrifice amnesia insanity paranoia supernatural power deception investigation escape kidnapping suicide surrealism murder death 
Mood:
neo noir 
Locations:
police station urban setting apartment bus bathtub bar 
Characters:
uncle nephew relationship police detective hostage detective serial killer police 
Story:
memory loss foot chase el train fingerprint business card frame up plot twist haunted by the past crime scene hypodermic needle gothic syringe eavesdropping injection character's point of view camera shot fugitive police officer killed on the run double cross false accusation subway stabbed in the chest throat slitting subjective camera telephone revolver held at gunpoint showdown punched in the face shot in the chest blood splatter corpse voice over narration surprise ending chase knife photograph cigarette smoking flashback violence blood  (See All)

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Tomorrowland (2015)
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Tomorrowland (2015)

Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as "Tomorrowland." (Read More)

Subgenre:
dystopia 
Themes:
unlikely hero self sacrifice memory deception investigation escape death murder surrealism 
Locations:
outer space laboratory space police station bus bathtub swimming pool restaurant beach 
Characters:
doctor 
Period:
future 
Story:
foot chase secret passageway stopwatch falling through the floor force field subterranean pocket watch close up of eyes alternate reality crushed to death camera shot of feet jumping from height exploding building falling down stairs flying sabotage exploding body character's point of view camera shot fugitive character repeating someone else's dialogue electrocution police officer killed on the run double cross map subjective camera scientist interrogation showdown falling from height arrest punched in the face rescue shot in the chest car accident corpse surprise ending chase explosion photograph fight flashback violence  (See All)

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
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Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. (Read More)

Subgenre:
tech noir cyberpunk dystopia conspiracy suspense cult film 
Themes:
supernatural power memory deception investigation escape kidnapping murder death 
Mood:
neo noir 
Locations:
police station apartment wheelchair water nightclub restaurant bar 
Characters:
police detective hostage detective prostitute police 
Period:
future 
Story:
implanted memory threatened with a knife foot chase albino fight the system trenchcoat microscope billboard ex cop existentialism pier chaos revelation identity love interest exploding body character's point of view camera shot fugitive character repeating someone else's dialogue police officer killed on the run stabbed in the chest throat slitting old man subjective camera interrogation held at gunpoint falling from height punched in the face rescue shot in the chest car accident blood splatter corpse dream surprise ending chase knife explosion photograph cigarette smoking kiss violence fight flashback blood  (See All)

Ghost In The Shell (1995)
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Ghost In The Shell (1995)

It is the year 2029. Technology has advanced so far that cyborgs are commonplace. In addition, human brains can connect to the internet directly. Major Motoko Kasunagi is an officer in Section 9, an elite, secretive police division that deals with special operations, including counter terrorism and cyber crime. She is currently on the trail of the Puppet Master, a cyber criminal who hacks into the brains of cyborgs in order to obtain information and to commit other crimes. (Read More)

Subgenre:
tech noir cyberpunk dystopia conspiracy suspense cult film 
Themes:
paranoia deception investigation escape murder surrealism death 
Mood:
neo noir 
Locations:
laboratory apartment wheelchair hotel 
Characters:
police chase doctor police 
Period:
future 
Story:
implanted memory erased memory false memory foot chase virtuality mind reading ex cop existentialism alternate reality pier soul exploding head mind control virtual reality jumping from height sabotage character's point of view camera shot fugitive subjective camera scientist revolver interrogation bare butt punched in the face shot in the chest car accident corpse surprise ending chase knife explosion photograph blood violence fight  (See All)

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Total Recall (1990) is one of the best movies like Dark City (1998)
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Total Recall (1990)

Douglas Quaid is haunted by a recurring dream about a journey to Mars. He hopes to find out more about this dream and buys a holiday at Rekall Inc. where they sell implanted memories. But something goes wrong with the memory implantation and he remembers being a secret agent fighting against the evil Mars administrator Cohaagen. Now the story really begins and it's a rollercoaster ride until the massive end of the movie. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cyberpunk dystopia conspiracy black comedy cult film 
Themes:
amnesia paranoia memory surrealism murder 
Locations:
outer space taxi driver taxi hotel bar 
Characters:
alien prostitute 
Period:
future 
Story:
implanted memory erased memory false memory foot chase simulated reality explosive decompression virtuality mind reading brainwashing telepathy exploding head aquarium rat suitcase character repeating someone else's dialogue on the run anti hero subway stabbed in the chest impalement held at gunpoint showdown punched in the face shot in the chest blood splatter corpse dream surprise ending chase knife explosion violence  (See All)

Allegiant (2016)
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Allegiant (2016)

After the earth-shattering revelations of INSURGENT, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cyberpunk dystopia conspiracy suspense 
Themes:
amnesia paranoia memory deception escape kidnapping death murder surrealism 
Characters:
hostage 
Period:
future 
Story:
spiral staircase erased memory memory loss foot chase explosive decompression individuality fight the system force field subterranean stabbed in the shoulder brainwashing chaos virtual reality falling down stairs revelation sabotage eavesdropping experiment female removes her clothes injection character's point of view camera shot fugitive character repeating someone else's dialogue electrocution on the run double cross anti hero stabbed in the chest throat slitting impalement subjective camera scientist revolver held at gunpoint showdown falling from height arrest punched in the face rescue shot in the chest car accident corpse surprise ending chase knife explosion fight violence blood  (See All)

Hardcore Henry (2015)
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Hardcore Henry (2015)

Hardcore Henry is an action film told from a first person perspective: You remember nothing. Mainly because you've just been brought back from the dead by your wife (Haley Bennett). She tells you that your name is Henry. Five minutes later, you are being shot at, your wife has been kidnapped, and you should probably go get her back. Who's got her? His name's Akan; he's a powerful warlord with an army of mercenaries, and a plan for world domination. You're also in an unfamiliar city of Moscow, and everyone wants you dead. Everyone except for a mysterious British fellow called Jimmy. He may be on your side, but you aren't sure. If you can survive the insanity, and solve the mystery, you might just discover your purpose and the truth behind your identity. Good luck, Henry. You're likely going to need it... (Read More)

Subgenre:
tech noir conspiracy suspense black comedy 
Themes:
self sacrifice amnesia insanity supernatural power memory deception escape kidnapping murder death surrealism 
Locations:
laboratory apartment wheelchair bus beach bar 
Characters:
police chase hostage prostitute doctor husband wife relationship police 
Story:
memory loss foot chase fighting in the air albino throat cut stabbed in the shoulder telekinesis wedding ring exploding head crushed to death chaos mind control jumping from height destruction identity exploding body character's point of view camera shot fugitive electrocution police officer killed on the run double cross anti hero subway stabbed in the chest throat slitting impalement subjective camera scientist revolver interrogation held at gunpoint showdown falling from height bare butt written by director punched in the face rescue shot in the chest car accident blood splatter corpse surprise ending chase knife explosion cigarette smoking blood fight violence flashback  (See All)

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The Mummy (2017)
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The Mummy (2017)

Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

Subgenre:
black comedy 
Themes:
unlikely hero self sacrifice paranoia supernatural power deception escape kidnapping surrealism murder death 
Mood:
darkness 
Locations:
laboratory bus 
Characters:
hostage doctor police 
Story:
threatened with a knife foot chase explosive decompression lovecraftian zero gravity mind reading subterranean close up of eyes telepathy dagger telekinesis crime scene mind control hypodermic needle gothic destruction rat injection character's point of view camera shot lightning character repeating someone else's dialogue electrocution police officer killed double cross anti hero subway stabbed in the chest throat slitting subjective camera scientist held at gunpoint showdown bare butt punched in the face rescue shot in the chest car accident blood splatter corpse dream surprise ending chase knife explosion fight flashback blood violence  (See All)

The Dark Knight Rises (2012) is one of the best movies like Dark City (1998)
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The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Despite his tarnished reputation after the events of The Dark Knight, in which he took the rap for Dent's crimes, Batman feels compelled to intervene to assist the city and its police force which is struggling to cope with Bane's plans to destroy the city.

Subgenre:
conspiracy suspense cult film 
Themes:
self sacrifice paranoia deception investigation escape kidnapping suicide murder death 
Mood:
neo noir 
Locations:
police station urban setting apartment taxi water bus bar hospital 
Characters:
police detective police chase hostage detective doctor police 
Story:
foot chase explosive decompression fight the system fingerprint subterranean newspaper clipping chaos haunted by the past jumping from height exploding building hypodermic needle revelation destruction sabotage exploding body injection character's point of view camera shot fugitive character repeating someone else's dialogue key police officer killed duel on the run double cross anti hero false accusation subway stabbed in the chest impalement subjective camera scientist cafe interrogation held at gunpoint rifle showdown falling from height written by director punched in the face rescue shot in the chest car accident corpse surprise ending chase knife explosion photograph flashback fight kiss  (See All)

Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm (1993)
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Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm (1993)

Batman, the costumed crime-fighter who prowls the night skies in Gotham City, soon finds there's another vigilante in town knocking off prominent mob figures. Despite the scythe-like blade for a hand, a mechanical voice and the cloud of smoke that follows the figure wherever it goes, the police and outraged officials mistake the homicidal crusader for Batman himself and demand that the city's longtime hero be brought to justice. Meanwhile, Andrea Beaumont returns to town. She is the lost love of Bruce Wayne, the billionaire playboy who is Batman's alter ego, and was an integral part of Wayne's decision ten years earlier to don the cape and cowl. Now, she is back in his life and is no less a disruption than the return of his old archenemy, The Joker, who has a stake in seeing the annihilation of this new vigilante, whoever it proves to be. (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy black comedy cult film 
Themes:
insanity paranoia deception investigation escape death murder surrealism 
Mood:
darkness night neo noir 
Locations:
police station urban setting apartment restaurant hospital 
Characters:
police detective police chase hostage detective serial killer doctor police 
Story:
foot chase fighting in the air el train fight the system wedding ring crushed to death haunted by the past jumping from height exploding building hypodermic needle gothic revelation destruction eavesdropping injection character's point of view camera shot lightning character repeating someone else's dialogue electrocution on the run cigar smoking double cross anti hero false accusation subjective camera revolver interrogation held at gunpoint showdown falling from height punched in the face rescue car accident corpse surprise ending chase knife explosion photograph cigarette smoking fight violence kiss blood flashback  (See All)

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Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)
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Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Subgenre:
conspiracy suspense 
Themes:
insanity paranoia deception investigation escape kidnapping death murder 
Mood:
neo noir 
Locations:
urban setting apartment wheelchair nightclub bar hospital 
Characters:
uncle nephew relationship police detective police chase hostage detective prostitute doctor husband wife relationship police 
Story:
foot chase newspaper clipping frame up crushed to death crime scene jumping from height gothic eavesdropping character's point of view camera shot lightning fugitive electrocution police officer killed on the run cigar smoking double cross anti hero subjective camera revolver cafe interrogation held at gunpoint showdown falling from height arrest punched in the face rescue shot in the chest car accident blood splatter corpse voice over narration surprise ending chase knife explosion photograph cigarette smoking flashback violence blood fight kiss  (See All)

The Bone Collector (1999)
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The Bone Collector (1999)

Quadripeligic ex-cop Lincoln Rhyme was looking forward to his assisted suicide when he got the news: some sicko was abducting people in a taxi and leaving them to die in particularly sadistic ways. With time counting down between each abduction and possible death, Rhyme recruits rather-unwilling Amelia Donaghy, haunted by her cop father's suicide and thinking she's next, into working the crime scenes to track down the killer. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense black comedy cult film 
Themes:
murder investigation paranoia deception investigation escape kidnapping suicide murder death 
Mood:
neo noir 
Locations:
taxi driver police station apartment wheelchair taxi bar 
Characters:
police detective little girl hostage detective serial killer doctor police 
Story:
fingerprint subterranean microscope ex cop close up of eyes newspaper clipping pier crime scene gothic revelation rat lightning police officer killed double cross map subway revolver held at gunpoint rescue shot in the chest blood splatter corpse surprise ending chase knife photograph violence blood  (See All)

Chinatown (1974) is one of the best movies like Dark City (1998)
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Chinatown (1974)

JJ 'Jake' Gittes is a private detective who seems to specialize in matrimonial cases. He is hired by Evelyn Mulwray when she suspects her husband Hollis, builder of the city's water supply system, of having an affair. Gittes does what he does best and photographs him with a young girl but in the ensuing scandal, it seems he was hired by an impersonator and not the real Mrs. Mulwray. When Mr. Mulwray is found dead, Jake is plunged into a complex web of deceit involving murder, incest, and municipal corruption all related to the city's water supply. (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy suspense black comedy cult film 
Themes:
paranoia extramarital affair deception investigation death murder 
Mood:
night neo noir 
Locations:
police station apartment water bathtub restaurant beach 
Characters:
police detective police chase hostage detective husband wife relationship police 
Story:
threatened with a knife barber shop business card pocket watch ex cop aquarium plot twist rowboat haunted by the past crime scene sabotage eavesdropping character repeating someone else's dialogue double cross anti hero false accusation map telephone revolver interrogation held at gunpoint rifle showdown punched in the face rescue shot in the chest car accident corpse surprise ending knife photograph cigarette smoking violence fight  (See All)

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Gattaca (1997)
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Gattaca (1997)

In the not-too-distant future, a less-than-perfect man wants to travel to the stars. Society has categorized Vincent Freeman as less than suitable given his genetic make-up and he has become one of the underclass of humans that are only useful for menial jobs. To move ahead, he assumes the identity of Jerome Morrow, a perfect genetic specimen who is a paraplegic as a result of a car accident. With professional advice, Vincent learns to deceive DNA and urine sample testing. Just when he is finally scheduled for a space mission, his program director is killed and the police begin an investigation, jeopardizing his secret. (Read More)

Subgenre:
dystopia black comedy cult film 
Themes:
police investigation murder investigation paranoia deception investigation marriage suicide death murder 
Mood:
neo noir 
Locations:
outer space laboratory space wheelchair taxi nightclub swimming pool restaurant beach hospital 
Characters:
police detective detective doctor husband wife relationship police 
Period:
future 
Story:
spiral staircase exposed brain anti conformity fight the system fingerprint microscope idealism crime scene hypodermic needle identity injection character's point of view camera shot character repeating someone else's dialogue false accusation subjective camera bare butt punched in the face rescue car accident corpse dream voice over narration surprise ending photograph cigarette smoking flashback violence blood kiss interview  (See All)

Scanners (1981)
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Scanners (1981)

Darryl Revok is the most powerful of all the scanners, and is the head of the underground scanner movement for world domination. Scanners have great psychic power, strong enough to control minds; they can inflict enormous pain/damage on their victims. Doctor Paul Ruth finds a scanner that Revok hasn't, and converts him to their cause - to destroy the underground movement. (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy suspense cult film 
Themes:
supernatural power deception investigation escape suicide surrealism death murder 
Mood:
night 
Locations:
taxi hotel 
Characters:
doctor 
Story:
foot chase mind reading telepathy telekinesis exploding head crushed to death mind control hypodermic needle falling down stairs revelation destruction sabotage exploding body injection character's point of view camera shot duel on the run cigar smoking subway subjective camera scientist telephone revolver interrogation held at gunpoint showdown falling from height written by director shot in the chest car accident blood splatter corpse surprise ending chase explosion photograph cigarette smoking violence blood flashback  (See All)

The Dark Knight (2008)
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The Dark Knight (2008)

Set within a year after the events of Batman Begins, Batman, Lieutenant James Gordon, and new district attorney Harvey Dent successfully begin to round up the criminals that plague Gotham City until a mysterious and sadistic criminal mastermind known only as the Joker appears in Gotham, creating a new wave of chaos. Batman's struggle against the Joker becomes deeply personal, forcing him to "confront everything he believes" and improve his technology to stop him. A love triangle develops between Bruce Wayne, Dent and Rachel Dawes. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense cult film 
Themes:
self sacrifice insanity paranoia deception investigation escape kidnapping death murder 
Mood:
darkness night neo noir 
Locations:
police station urban setting apartment wheelchair nightclub restaurant bar hospital 
Characters:
police detective police chase hostage detective doctor husband wife relationship police 
Story:
threatened with a knife fight the system fingerprint business card hanging upside down idealism newspaper clipping dagger chaos crime scene jumping from height exploding building gothic warehouse falling down stairs flying destruction exploding body character's point of view camera shot character repeating someone else's dialogue electrocution key police officer killed duel cigar smoking double cross anti hero false accusation impalement subjective camera scientist revolver interrogation held at gunpoint rifle showdown falling from height arrest written by director punched in the face rescue shot in the chest car accident corpse surprise ending chase knife explosion violence blood interview kiss fight  (See All)

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Don't Say A Word (2001) is one of the best movies like Dark City (1998)
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Don't Say A Word (2001)

A group of thieves steal a rare gem, but in the process, two of the men double cross the leader of the thieving group, Patrick, and take off with the precious stone. Ten years later, prominent psychiatrist Nathan Conrad is invited to examine a disturbed young woman named Elisabeth. Patrick immediately kidnaps Nathan's daughter, forcing Nathan to attempt to get Elisabeth to reveal a secret number which will ultimately lead Patrick to the whereabouts of the precious gem that has eluded him. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense black comedy 
Themes:
police investigation insanity paranoia deception investigation escape kidnapping murder death 
Mood:
neo noir 
Locations:
police station urban setting apartment 
Characters:
police detective psychiatrist little girl hostage detective husband wife relationship police 
Story:
threatened with a knife foot chase el train hit by a train newspaper clipping haunted by the past crime scene hypodermic needle revelation syringe injection character repeating someone else's dialogue police officer killed double cross drawing map subway stabbed in the chest telephone revolver held at gunpoint showdown arrest punched in the face rescue shot in the chest corpse surprise ending chase knife explosion photograph cigarette smoking fight flashback violence blood  (See All)

Dracula 2000 (2000)
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Dracula 2000 (2000)

In the millenium version of this classic Gothic horror we find Abraham Van Helsing (Plummer), who has tangled with Count Dracula (Butler) in the past, working as an English antiques dealer. Simon (Miller) is a vampire hunter in training under his apprenticeship. Van Helsing and Simon travel from London to New Orleans to rescue Van Helsing's daughter Mary (Waddell) from the family's life long nemesis - Dracula. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense black comedy cult film 
Themes:
paranoia supernatural power deception escape kidnapping suicide death murder surrealism 
Locations:
police station taxi 
Characters:
hostage doctor 
Story:
threatened with a knife foot chase glowing eyes mind reading fingerprint levitation telepathy mind control jumping from height hypodermic needle gothic revelation injection lightning key police officer killed double cross map stabbed in the chest throat slitting impalement old man interrogation held at gunpoint showdown falling from height arrest punched in the face rescue shot in the chest blood splatter corpse dream surprise ending chase knife explosion photograph flashback blood violence fight  (See All)

Night Watch (2004)
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Night Watch (2004)

Among normal humans live the "Others" possessing various supernatural powers. They are divided up into the forces of light and the forces of the dark, who signed a truce several centuries ago to end a devastating battle. Ever since, the forces of light govern the day while the night belongs to their dark opponents. In modern day Moscow the dark Others actually roam the night as vampires while a "Night Watch" of light forces, among them Anton, the movie's protagonist, try to control them and limit their outrage. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
paranoia supernatural power extramarital affair deception escape kidnapping death surrealism murder 
Mood:
darkness night 
Locations:
fire escape urban setting apartment bathtub swimming pool 
Characters:
hostage doctor 
Story:
threatened with a knife foot chase glowing eyes mind reading telepathy telekinesis mind control exploding building revelation destruction character's point of view camera shot lightning character repeating someone else's dialogue double cross drawing anti hero false accusation subway stabbed in the chest impalement subjective camera showdown bare butt arrest punched in the face rescue blood splatter corpse voice over narration surprise ending chase knife explosion photograph violence blood fight flashback  (See All)

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Inferno (2016)
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Inferno (2016)

Famous symbologist on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a madman from unleashing a global virus that would wipe out half of the world's population. (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy suspense 
Themes:
amnesia paranoia deception escape kidnapping suicide murder death 
Locations:
taxi driver apartment taxi water hotel restaurant hospital 
Characters:
hostage doctor police 
Story:
memory loss threatened with a knife foot chase secret passageway falling through the floor clock jumping from height hypodermic needle revelation injection character's point of view camera shot fugitive on the run double cross false accusation map stabbed in the chest subjective camera scientist interrogation held at gunpoint showdown falling from height punched in the face shot in the chest car accident corpse surprise ending chase knife explosion photograph flashback blood fight  (See All)

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Suicide Squad (2016)

It feels good to be bad...Assemble a team of the world's most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government's disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren't picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it's every man for himself? (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy 
Themes:
unlikely hero self sacrifice insanity supernatural power deception escape kidnapping suicide death surrealism murder 
Locations:
laboratory wheelchair nightclub hotel restaurant bar 
Characters:
psychiatrist hostage 
Story:
spiral staircase bead curtain hit by a train glowing eyes mind reading subterranean hanging upside down telepathy telekinesis exploding head chaos haunted by the past mind control jumping from height hypodermic needle destruction sabotage exploding body injection character's point of view camera shot lightning electrocution double cross anti hero map subway stabbed in the chest throat slitting impalement subjective camera scientist revolver interrogation held at gunpoint showdown falling from height arrest written by director punched in the face rescue shot in the chest corpse surprise ending knife explosion photograph flashback violence fight  (See All)

Push (2009)
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Push (2009)

A group of young American ex-pats with telekinetic and clairvoyant abilities are hiding from a clandestine U.S. government agency. They must utilize their different talents and band together for a final job enabling them to escape the agency forever.

Themes:
amnesia supernatural power memory deception escape suicide death murder 
Locations:
laboratory nightclub restaurant 
Period:
future 
Story:
erased memory foot chase human guinea pig psychokinesis levitation telekinesis aquarium crushed to death mind control syringe experiment injection suitcase fugitive key on the run cigar smoking drawing impalement held at gunpoint falling from height punched in the face shot in the chest voice over narration surprise ending chase explosion photograph cigarette smoking flashback blood  (See All)

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Criminal (2016)
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Criminal (2016)

Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent on a mission in London tracking down a shadowy hacker nicknamed "The Dutchman." When he gets mysteriously ambushed and killed, an experimental procedure is used to transfer his memories into dangerous convict Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner). When he wakes up with the CIA agent's memories, his mission is to find The Dutchman and make the deal with him before the hacker launches ICBM's and starts World War III. But complications soon arise and the mission turns personal. (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy suspense black comedy 
Themes:
unlikely hero paranoia memory deception investigation escape kidnapping death murder 
Mood:
neo noir 
Locations:
taxi driver laboratory taxi bus restaurant beach 
Characters:
police chase hostage doctor husband wife relationship police 
Story:
implanted memory foot chase crushed to death hypodermic needle sabotage eavesdropping rat injection character's point of view camera shot fugitive electrocution key police officer killed on the run double cross anti hero subway stabbed in the chest impalement subjective camera cafe interrogation held at gunpoint showdown arrest punched in the face rescue shot in the chest car accident blood splatter corpse surprise ending chase knife explosion photograph cigarette smoking violence flashback blood fight  (See All)

In Time (2011)
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In Time (2011)

Welcome to a world where time has become the ultimate currency. You stop aging at 25, but there's a catch: you're genetically-engineered to live only one more year, unless you can buy your way out of it. The rich "earn" decades at a time (remaining at age 25), becoming essentially immortal, while the rest beg, borrow or steal enough hours to make it through the day. When a man from the wrong side of the tracks is falsely accused of murder, he is forced to go on the run with a beautiful hostage. Living minute to minute, the duo's love becomes a powerful tool in their war against the system. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cyberpunk dystopia 
Themes:
unlikely hero deception escape kidnapping suicide murder death 
Mood:
night 
Locations:
police station urban setting apartment bus hotel restaurant beach bar 
Characters:
police detective police chase hostage detective prostitute husband wife relationship police 
Period:
future 
Story:
foot chase fight the system passionate kiss existentialism clock jumping from height love interest female removes her clothes fugitive character repeating someone else's dialogue police officer killed on the run anti hero false accusation revolver interrogation held at gunpoint showdown falling from height bare butt written by director rescue shot in the chest car accident corpse surprise ending chase fight flashback kiss violence  (See All)

Survivor (2015) is one of the best movies like Dark City (1998)
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Survivor (2015)

A State Department employee newly posted to the American embassy in London is charged with stopping terrorists from getting into the U.S. That puts her right in the line of fire and she is targeted for death and framed for crimes. Discredited, she is forced to go on the run while she tries to clear her name and stop a large-scale terrorist attack set for New Year's Eve in Times Square. (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy suspense 
Themes:
unlikely hero deception escape kidnapping death murder 
Locations:
taxi driver laboratory apartment wheelchair taxi hotel restaurant 
Characters:
police detective police chase hostage detective doctor police 
Story:
spiral staircase foot chase microscope police inspector frame up crime scene exploding building rat fugitive on the run false accusation subway stabbed in the chest scientist revolver held at gunpoint showdown falling from height punched in the face corpse surprise ending chase knife explosion photograph flashback violence fight  (See All)

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Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)
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Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)

The general public is concerned over having Superman on their planet and letting the "Dark Knight" - Batman - pursue the streets of Gotham. While this is happening, a power-phobic Batman tries to attack Superman.,Meanwhile Superman tries to settle on a decision, and Lex Luthor, the criminal mastermind and millionaire, tries to use his own advantages to fight the "Man of Steel". (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy suspense 
Themes:
self sacrifice insanity paranoia supernatural power deception investigation escape kidnapping murder death 
Locations:
outer space laboratory apartment wheelchair bathtub bar 
Characters:
hostage alien 
Story:
floating in space threatened with a knife el train falling through the floor glowing eyes fingerprint subterranean stabbed in the shoulder hanging upside down levitation close up of eyes newspaper clipping frame up crushed to death chaos haunted by the past jumping from height exploding building flying revelation destruction eavesdropping experiment love interest exploding body lightning electrocution double cross anti hero false accusation stabbed in the chest impalement scientist held at gunpoint rifle showdown falling from height arrest punched in the face rescue shot in the chest corpse dream surprise ending knife explosion photograph fight flashback blood interview violence  (See All)

Morgan (2016)
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Morgan (2016)

Subgenre:
conspiracy suspense 
Themes:
paranoia deception investigation escape kidnapping suicide murder death 
Locations:
laboratory 
Characters:
psychiatrist hostage doctor 
Story:
threatened with a knife foot chase close up of eyes pier hypodermic needle falling down stairs revelation sabotage injection suitcase character repeating someone else's dialogue double cross stabbed in the chest impalement scientist interrogation held at gunpoint rifle showdown punched in the face rescue shot in the chest car accident blood splatter corpse surprise ending chase knife fight blood violence flashback interview  (See All)

The Way Of The Gun (2000)
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The Way Of The Gun (2000)

Two petty if violent criminals kidnap a girl being paid $1m to be a surrogate mother. As the baby is for a gangster the pair's demand for money sees several henchmen and assorted other ruthless characters head after them to Mexico. Bullets rather than talking are always going to settle this one.

Subgenre:
conspiracy suspense black comedy cult film 
Themes:
paranoia extramarital affair deception escape kidnapping suicide murder death 
Mood:
neo noir 
Locations:
police station apartment nightclub hotel bar 
Characters:
hostage prostitute doctor husband wife relationship 
Story:
business card existentialism hypodermic needle revelation eavesdropping injection fugitive character repeating someone else's dialogue police officer killed on the run double cross anti hero impalement old man revolver interrogation held at gunpoint rifle showdown arrest written by director punched in the face rescue shot in the chest blood splatter corpse voice over narration surprise ending cigarette smoking interview blood fight violence  (See All)

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Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (2017) is one of the best movies like Dark City (1998)
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Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (2017)

VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS is the new adventure film from Luc Besson, the director of The Professional, The Fifth Element and Lucy, based on the comic book series which inspired a generation of artists, writers and filmmakers. In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha-an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with each other. There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe. (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy 
Themes:
self sacrifice supernatural power memory deception investigation escape kidnapping surrealism death murder 
Locations:
space station outer space water bus beach 
Characters:
hostage alien prostitute 
Period:
future 
Story:
alien race foot chase zero gravity falling through the floor fight the system force field mind reading telepathy soul crushed to death mind control virtual reality revelation destruction sabotage love interest exploding body character repeating someone else's dialogue electrocution double cross anti hero map stabbed in the chest impalement interrogation held at gunpoint rifle showdown falling from height arrest written by director punched in the face rescue shot in the chest blood splatter corpse dream surprise ending chase explosion fight flashback blood violence kiss  (See All)

Southland Tales (2006)
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Southland Tales (2006)

Southland Tales is an ensemble piece set in the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles on July 4, 2008, as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. Boxer Santaros is an action star who's stricken with amnesia. His life intertwines with Krysta Now, an adult film star developing her own reality television project, and Ronald Taverner, a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cyberpunk dystopia conspiracy black comedy cult film 
Themes:
self sacrifice amnesia paranoia extramarital affair memory deception escape kidnapping suicide surrealism murder death 
Mood:
neo noir 
Locations:
outer space beach bar 
Characters:
hostage singer husband wife relationship police 
Period:
future 
Story:
memory loss foot chase anti conformity fight the system fingerprint business card alternate reality pier chaos jumping from height hypodermic needle destruction syringe injection character's point of view camera shot lightning character repeating someone else's dialogue electrocution key police officer killed double cross anti hero subjective camera scientist revolver held at gunpoint rifle falling from height written by director punched in the face shot in the chest car accident blood splatter corpse dream voice over narration surprise ending chase knife explosion cigarette smoking kiss flashback blood violence fight  (See All)

Self/less (2015)
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Self/less (2015)

An extremely wealthy man, dying from cancer, undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man. But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body's origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause.

Subgenre:
cyberpunk black comedy 
Themes:
unlikely hero self sacrifice paranoia deception investigation escape kidnapping surrealism murder death 
Locations:
laboratory apartment wheelchair nightclub swimming pool restaurant beach bar 
Characters:
little girl hostage doctor husband wife relationship 
Story:
false memory virtuality fight the system foreplay revelation identity character's point of view camera shot fugitive character repeating someone else's dialogue electrocution on the run double cross anti hero subjective camera scientist revolver held at gunpoint showdown punched in the face rescue shot in the chest car accident blood splatter corpse surprise ending chase explosion photograph flashback fight violence  (See All)

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Victor Frankenstein (2015)
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Victor Frankenstein (2015)

James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe star in a dynamic and thrilling twist on a legendary tale. Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protege Igor Strausman (Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor's experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation. (Read More)

Themes:
deception investigation escape kidnapping 
Locations:
laboratory police station apartment restaurant hospital 
Characters:
police detective detective doctor police 
Story:
spiral staircase foot chase fight the system stabbed in the shoulder pocket watch police inspector gothic experiment love interest exploding body lightning fugitive electrocution police officer killed on the run drawing stabbed in the chest scientist revolver held at gunpoint rifle showdown falling from height punched in the face rescue shot in the chest corpse voice over narration surprise ending chase knife explosion photograph fight flashback blood  (See All)

Jason X (2001) is one of the best movies like Dark City (1998)
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Jason X (2001)

Set way in the future, Earth is no longer inhabitable, so humans have colonized in outer space. One colony receives two cryogenically frozen bodies, and when they defrost them, one of the bodies turns out to be.....who else? Jason Voorhees. No longer in the forest or Camp Crystal Lake, Jason stalks the colonists in a whole new environment. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense black comedy 
Themes:
self sacrifice paranoia supernatural power escape death murder 
Locations:
space station outer space laboratory space 
Characters:
doctor 
Period:
future 
Story:
threatened with a knife fighting in the air explosive decompression stabbed in the shoulder microscope exploding head virtual reality exploding building hypodermic needle sabotage love interest exploding body injection electrocution stabbed in the chest throat slitting impalement scientist held at gunpoint rifle showdown falling from height punched in the face rescue shot in the chest blood splatter corpse surprise ending chase knife explosion kiss blood violence fight flashback  (See All)

Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001)
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Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001)

The year is 2071. Following a terrorist bombing, a deadly virus is released on the populace of Mars and the government has issued a 300 million woo-long reward, the largest bounty in history, for the capture of whoever is behind it. The bounty hunter crew of the spaceship Bebop; Spike, Faye, Jet and Ed, take the case with hopes of cashing in the bounty. However, the mystery surrounding the man responsible, Vincent, goes deeper than they ever imagined, and they aren't the only ones hunting him. The original creators of the virus have dispatched Electra to deal with Vincent and take out anyone who may stumble on the truth behind him. As the hunt for the man with no past and no future continues to escalate, they begin to question what about the world is reality and what is a dream as the line between sanity and insanity becomes more apparent. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cyberpunk conspiracy black comedy cult film 
Themes:
amnesia insanity deception investigation escape kidnapping surrealism death murder 
Mood:
neo noir 
Locations:
outer space taxi driver laboratory taxi water 
Characters:
hostage doctor police 
Period:
future 
Story:
memory loss foot chase human experimentation el train microscope sleep ex cop existentialism exploding head virtual reality jumping from height warehouse character's point of view camera shot drawing anti hero subway subjective camera scientist revolver held at gunpoint showdown falling from height arrest punched in the face shot in the chest blood splatter corpse dream surprise ending chase explosion cigarette smoking fight violence flashback blood  (See All)

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Logan (2017)
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Logan (2017)

In 2029 the mutant population has shrunken significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. Logan, whose power to self-heal is dwindling, has surrendered himself to alcohol and now earns a living as a chauffeur. He takes care of the ailing old Professor X whom he keeps hidden away. One day, a female stranger asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border. At first he refuses, but the Professor has been waiting for a long time for her to appear. Laura possesses an extraordinary fighting prowess and is in many ways like Wolverine. She is pursued by sinister figures working for a powerful corporation; this is because her DNA contains the secret that connects her to Logan. A relentless pursuit begins - In this third cinematic outing featuring the Marvel comic book character Wolverine we see the superheroes beset by everyday problems. They are aging, ailing and struggling to survive financially. A decrepit Logan is forced to ask himself if he can or even wants to put his remaining powers to good use. It would appear that in the near-future, the times in which they were able put the world to rights with razor sharp claws and telepathic powers are now over. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cyberpunk dystopia conspiracy suspense 
Themes:
self sacrifice paranoia supernatural power deception escape kidnapping murder death 
Mood:
darkness neo noir 
Locations:
laboratory wheelchair hotel bar hospital 
Characters:
little girl hostage doctor husband wife relationship police 
Period:
future 
Story:
threatened with a knife foot chase stabbed in the forehead albino hit by a train fight the system stabbed in the shoulder business card telekinesis existentialism crushed to death haunted by the past mind control hypodermic needle exploding body injection character's point of view camera shot fugitive character repeating someone else's dialogue electrocution police officer killed on the run double cross drawing anti hero stabbed in the chest throat slitting impalement subjective camera scientist revolver interrogation held at gunpoint showdown written by director punched in the face rescue shot in the chest car accident blood splatter corpse surprise ending chase knife explosion photograph fight blood violence  (See All)

The Last Boy Scout (1991)
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The Last Boy Scout (1991)

A down and out cynical detective teams up with a down and out ex-quarterback to try and solve a murder case involving a pro football team and a politician.

Subgenre:
conspiracy suspense black comedy cult film 
Themes:
self sacrifice extramarital affair deception investigation escape kidnapping suicide death murder 
Mood:
night neo noir 
Locations:
police station apartment hotel swimming pool bar 
Characters:
police detective hostage detective husband wife relationship police 
Story:
threatened with a knife billboard frame up crime scene exploding body character repeating someone else's dialogue electrocution police officer killed duel double cross anti hero false accusation revolver interrogation held at gunpoint showdown falling from height bare butt arrest punched in the face rescue shot in the chest car accident blood splatter corpse surprise ending chase knife explosion photograph cigarette smoking interview blood flashback fight violence  (See All)

Ant-man (2015) is one of the best movies like Dark City (1998)
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Ant-man (2015)

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world. (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy 
Themes:
unlikely hero self sacrifice paranoia supernatural power deception escape death murder surrealism 
Locations:
laboratory police station apartment water nightclub bathtub hotel swimming pool restaurant bar 
Characters:
police detective police chase little girl hostage 
Story:
key ring hit by a train fingerprint haunted by the past mind control exploding building falling down stairs flying sabotage eavesdropping experiment exploding body rat suitcase character repeating someone else's dialogue electrocution double cross anti hero map scientist held at gunpoint showdown falling from height arrest punched in the face rescue surprise ending chase knife explosion photograph flashback fight violence  (See All)

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The Divergent Series: Insurgent (2015)
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The Divergent Series: Insurgent (2015)

One choice can transform you-or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves--and herself--while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love. Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable--and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships. Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cyberpunk dystopia suspense 
Themes:
self sacrifice guilt deception escape kidnapping suicide murder death 
Locations:
laboratory 
Characters:
hostage 
Story:
spiral staircase threatened with a knife foot chase simulated reality virtuality fight the system idealism alternate reality mind control jumping from height hypodermic needle falling down stairs revelation syringe sabotage identity experiment injection fugitive character repeating someone else's dialogue on the run double cross false accusation scientist revolver interrogation held at gunpoint falling from height arrest punched in the face rescue shot in the chest corpse dream surprise ending chase knife explosion flashback fight violence blood  (See All)

Scream 3 (2000)
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Scream 3 (2000)

A new film is currently in production, and a killer is on the loose. The murders draw a reporter, ex-cop, and young woman to the set of the movie inspired by their life. They soon find out that they are dealing with a trilogy, and in a trilogy...anything can happen.

Subgenre:
black comedy 
Themes:
paranoia deception investigation escape kidnapping death murder 
Locations:
police station apartment swimming pool bar 
Characters:
police detective hostage detective serial killer police 
Story:
threatened with a knife foot chase secret passageway stabbed in the shoulder ex cop newspaper clipping wedding ring frame up crime scene jumping from height falling down stairs revelation sabotage eavesdropping exploding body character repeating someone else's dialogue double cross false accusation stabbed in the chest throat slitting revolver held at gunpoint showdown falling from height punched in the face rescue shot in the chest car accident blood splatter corpse surprise ending chase knife photograph cigarette smoking violence fight blood  (See All)

Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)
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Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)

After stealing a mysterious orb in the far reaches of outer space, Peter Quill from Earth, is now the main target of a manhunt led by the villain known as Ronan the Accuser. To help fight Ronan and his team and save the galaxy from his power, Quill creates a team of space heroes known as the "Guardians of the Galaxy" to save the world. (Read More)

Themes:
alien abduction self sacrifice supernatural power deception escape kidnapping suicide death murder surrealism 
Locations:
outer space space bar hospital 
Characters:
hostage alien 
Story:
alien race threatened with a knife foot chase zero gravity force field crushed to death exploding building experiment exploding body lightning fugitive character repeating someone else's dialogue electrocution on the run anti hero stabbed in the chest impalement interrogation held at gunpoint showdown falling from height arrest written by director punched in the face rescue shot in the chest surprise ending chase knife explosion fight flashback violence  (See All)

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X-men: Apocalypse (2016) is one of the best movies like Dark City (1998)
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X-men: Apocalypse (2016)

Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto, to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven with the help of Professor X must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
self sacrifice supernatural power memory deception escape kidnapping surrealism murder death 
Locations:
outer space laboratory wheelchair taxi bar 
Characters:
hostage husband wife relationship police 
Story:
threatened with a knife foot chase force field mind reading subterranean levitation newspaper clipping telepathy telekinesis crushed to death chaos camera shot of feet mind control exploding building destruction sabotage character's point of view camera shot lightning fugitive electrocution police officer killed on the run double cross map stabbed in the chest throat slitting impalement subjective camera scientist revolver held at gunpoint showdown falling from height punched in the face rescue blood splatter corpse surprise ending chase knife explosion photograph cigarette smoking fight flashback violence blood  (See All)

New Jack City (1991)
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New Jack City (1991)

The gangster Nino has a gang who call themselves Cash Money Brothers. They get into the crack business and not before long they make a million dollars every week. A cop, Scotty, is after them. He tries to get into the gang by letting an ex-drug addict infiltrate the gang, but the attempt fails miserably. The only thing that remains is that Scotty himself becomes a drug pusher. (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy cult film 
Themes:
police investigation paranoia deception investigation escape death murder 
Mood:
neo noir 
Locations:
police station urban setting apartment nightclub swimming pool restaurant beach bar 
Characters:
police detective police chase hostage detective prostitute singer husband wife relationship police 
Story:
threatened with a knife aquarium falling down stairs character's point of view camera shot lightning character repeating someone else's dialogue police officer killed double cross drawing anti hero false accusation stabbed in the chest throat slitting old man subjective camera telephone revolver interrogation held at gunpoint rifle falling from height bare butt arrest punched in the face shot in the chest blood splatter corpse surprise ending chase knife explosion flashback fight violence blood  (See All)

Critters (1986)
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Critters (1986)

A massive ball of furry creatures from another world eat their way through a small mid-western town followed by intergalactic bounty hunters opposed only by militant townspeople.

Subgenre:
suspense black comedy cult film 
Themes:
paranoia supernatural power deception escape kidnapping surrealism death murder 
Mood:
night 
Locations:
outer space police station bar 
Characters:
hostage alien husband wife relationship 
Story:
alien race glowing eyes close up of eyes chaos destruction sabotage exploding body character's point of view camera shot lightning fugitive electrocution police officer killed impalement subjective camera telephone revolver held at gunpoint rifle rescue shot in the chest car accident blood splatter corpse surprise ending knife explosion photograph cigarette smoking blood violence  (See All)

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Captain America: Civil War (2016)
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Captain America: Civil War (2016)

With many people fearing the actions of super heroes, the government decides to push for the Hero Registration Act, a law that limits a hero's actions. This results in a division in The Avengers. Iron Man stands with this Act, claiming that their actions must be kept in check otherwise cities will continue to be destroyed, but Captain America feels that saving the world is daring enough and that they cannot rely on the government to protect the world. This escalates into an all-out war between Team Iron Man (Iron Man, Black Panther, Vision, Black Widow, War Machine, and Spider-Man) and Team Captain America (Captain America, Bucky Barnes, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, and Ant Man) while a new villain emerges. (Read More)

Subgenre:
suspense 
Themes:
guilt paranoia supernatural power deception escape kidnapping suicide murder death 
Locations:
laboratory apartment bus bathtub hotel restaurant bar 
Characters:
police chase hostage 
Story:
spiral staircase threatened with a knife foot chase fighting in the air falling through the floor force field subterranean hanging upside down brainwashing levitation telekinesis frame up haunted by the past mind control jumping from height exploding building falling down stairs flying revelation sabotage exploding body character's point of view camera shot fugitive electrocution on the run double cross stabbed in the chest subjective camera scientist interrogation held at gunpoint showdown falling from height arrest punched in the face rescue shot in the chest car accident corpse surprise ending chase knife explosion photograph blood kiss fight violence flashback  (See All)

The Fugitive (1993) is one of the best movies like Dark City (1998)
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The Fugitive (1993)

A well respected Chicago surgeon Dr. Richard Kimble has found out that his wife, Helen, has been murdered ferociously in her own home. The police found Kimble and accused him of the murder. Then, Kimble (without Justifiable Reason) was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death. However, on the way to prison, Kimble's transport crashed. Kimble escapes and is now on the run. Deputy Samuel Gerard from Chicago takes charge of the chase of Kimble. Meanwhile, Kimble takes up his own investigation to find who really killed his wife, and to lure Gerard and his team into it as well. (Read More)

Subgenre:
conspiracy suspense 
Themes:
guilt paranoia deception investigation escape death murder 
Mood:
night 
Locations:
police station bus hotel hospital 
Characters:
police detective psychiatrist hostage serial killer doctor husband wife relationship police 
Story:
threatened with a knife foot chase el train hit by a train microscope jumping from height falling down stairs injection fugitive police officer killed on the run cigar smoking double cross false accusation subway revolver held at gunpoint showdown falling from height arrest punched in the face shot in the chest blood splatter corpse dream surprise ending chase explosion photograph cigarette smoking blood fight flashback  (See All)

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)
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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)

The second chapter of the epic "Maze Runner" saga. Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD's vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cyberpunk dystopia suspense 
Themes:
paranoia memory deception escape kidnapping suicide death murder 
Locations:
laboratory 
Characters:
hostage prostitute 
Story:
foot chase fight the system hanging upside down hypodermic needle revelation syringe eavesdropping rat exploding body injection character's point of view camera shot fugitive electrocution on the run double cross subjective camera scientist revolver interrogation held at gunpoint rifle falling from height punched in the face rescue shot in the chest corpse surprise ending explosion flashback blood violence  (See All)

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